Thomas Betschart is a Ph.D candidate and research assistant at Urban Studies, University of Basel. Thomas holds an M.A. degree in Geography, Modern History and English Literature from the University of Freiburg, Germany and the certificate for teaching at secondary levels from the FHNW, Basel. Prior to joining Urban Studies, Thomas worked as a geographer for the Federal Environmental Department (BAFU), Bern. He has furthermore taught Geography on secondary levels in Basel and engaged as a researcher at the Institute for Pedagogy at FHNW, Basel.